Birthday present

My husband gave me a day at the tennis finals of Stockholm Open as a birthday present. He managed to get special “sponsor tickets” through Audi–we got our leasing car through them 2 years ago.

We arrived at the tennis center around an hour before the first game. It took us a little while to find the entrance as we weren’t supposed to go through the normal entrance but a special “sponsor entrance”.  When we got inside the different companies sponsoring the event had their own little area for their guests where they served food. We didn’t know they were going to serve food in advance but we were quite hungry by the time we got there so the buffet table was a perfect lunch treat before the game.

Audi's corner.
Audi’s corner.
Lunch time
Lunch time

After lunch we went to the main court to find our seats and then enjoyed a total of 3,5 hours of tennis action. First the doubles final and then the single final with a 30 minute break between the two.

Start of the doubles final. The swedish couple lost against the much higher ranked competitors.
Start of the doubles final. The Swedish couple (with their back against the camera) lost against the much higher ranked competitors. The Swedes were wild cards into the tournament so it was a great thing that they got this far.

 

Doubles final in action
Doubles final in action
The singles final was played between David Ferrer (Spain) and Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
The singles final was played between David Ferrer (Spain) and Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

At the singles final the Crown princess, her husband and their 19 months old daughter arrived. The little princess seemed to charm most people sitting close by and those setting far away. At one point it even looked like she was explaining what the players were doing from the way in which she gestured with her arms. We sat too far away though to get a good picture of the trio.

Ferrer serving
Ferrer serving
Prize ceremony. Dimitrov played his first ATP final and won. Great played against the no 1 seed (of the tournament) Ferrer.
Prize ceremony. Dimitrov played his first ATP final and won. Great played against the no 1 seed (of the tournament) Ferrer.

It was a lot of fun to watch the finals and next year I will definitely try to visit the tournament again, either the final and/or earlier matches. We ended the evening with dinner at The Bishop Arms.

Fish n chips
Fish n chips

Vasaloppet

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We’ve just seen the start of this year’s race of Vasaloppet. 16 000 people on the start line is quite a impressive view. Now they have a few hours hard job in front of them trying to complete the 90 kilometer of cross country skiing. I get tired just thinking about it! 🙂

Personally I prefer my comfortable sofa and breakfast in front of the TV!

Clean up

While watching Vasaloppet I did a little clean up of the categories in the blog. I had 18 posts categorized as “Uncategorized” so I went through them all and changed it to something more informative. I apologize if you’ve received updates for these changes…

We always watch Vasaloppet every year. Usually with our computers next to us as this long-distance cross-country ski marathon is quite long. I’m not super interested in cross-country skiing but recently I’ve actually found that (and biathlon) more interesting than a soccer or hockey game.

 

My first boule experience

Today my work unit had a one-day conference ending with some boule play and buffet at Boulehallen. I've never played boule before so I didn't really know the rules or how to play. I have to say it was quite fun, but I wished we had played outdoors instead of in a basement in the middle of the city. One thing that was not particular fun though was that my feet and knees didn't like this excursion at all. After 1 hour of playing they started hurting quite bad, so I had to sit down in a chair in between the times I played. Sometimes that was less than 30 seconds so I'm not sure how much rest my joints really got. 🙂

We played a little tournament and had 8 teams in total and my team mate and I lost the first game but won the other two. I'll try to play some other time when my joints feels a little better.

Humankind

I've "seen" two faces of humankind this week. One through an article in the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet and one through a blog post my husband sent to me. 

The article in Aftonbladet was about a woman who needed a kidney transplant and her cab driver–he had driven her to the hospital on several occasions during a three-four month period–offered to give her his kidney and luckily their blod types matched and they are now waiting on getting the kidney transplant operation done. More about the story can be found here, at Aftonbladet, or for those of you who read English, here.

The blog post was written by Scott Kelby, a famous Photoshop expert, and the story in short is about a amateur sport photographer who won a contest for a picture of his son playing in a soccer game. The award was to attend, as a photographer, a Florida State University (FSU) game. This was something the, so-called "pro", sports photographers did not like and they posted lots of complains on online forums and even got so far as to get FSU to cancel their invite to the contest winner. The full blog post can be found here.

The article just shows how wonderful human beings can be. To freely offer a kidney to someone you don't know and who isn't a family member is just outstanding. It truly touches my heart that someone can be so kind, and shows that humankind is not totally lost, because lost is what FSU and the sport photographers are! To be so scared about little competion is just ridiculous. If they are afraid of one amateur photographer how in the world can they attend sports game after sports game and stand next to their photographer collegues?! The proper way here would have been to invite him with open arms and the sport photographers to show him their field and what they do for a living. Maybe the cab driver should pay them all a visit and tell them about being nice.  

Happy 4th of July

Yesterday we celebrated 4th of July with an "American BBQ" at my parents place (had to be there as we don't have a grill!). We ate Mathias yummy burgers with all the necessary toppings:

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and for dessert a yummy cake–called Blue dream and containing blueberries, whipped cream, vanilla cream and marzipan):

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Today we watched the Wimbledon final between Federer and Roddick. I feel a bit bad for Roddick for losing the match the way he did because he played so good but Federer is just simply outstanding! Despite the fact that he did not play his best throughout the match he raised his game whenever he needed too. Federer's 15th grand slam victory and now he's historic! 

A huge thumbs down for TV4 though for not showing the price ceremony! Simply annoying! When Federer gets his 15th grand slam victory you just can't cut to the normal programming no matter if the match was longer than expected and they wanted to get back to their normal programming. Don't they realize this was a historic price ceremony! Badly done!!!!!!

Go Av’s

Yesterday, Colorado Avalanche won the first round of the Stanley Cup! Go Av’s!!! They won over Minnesota Wilds in 6 matches. We don’t know who they will meet in the second round yet, though.

During the day yesterday we went on “area hunting” in the West Arvada/ North Golden area. We have found a seemingly great place to live at, which is only 10-15 minutes away for work, and we decided to go and check out the area and see if we thought we would like to move there or not. Looked very good! It’s north of where we work so we decided to go there from our office so we could see approximately how long time it would take. On our way from work and to the new house area–called Boyd Ponds–we passed by “country side” Felt a little bit like we were up in Longmont (way north of Denver). We passed by old farms and lots of horses before arriving at Boyd Ponds. They didn’t have any house models open yet, but we talked a little bit to one of the sales people. Turned out that the area where we would like to have our house probably wouldn’t be offered until around 1,5 year from now–and then it would take another 6 months until the house would be ready for move-in. She might have exaggerated a little bit because, of course, she wants to sell something now. So, we’ll see how long time it really takes. Seems like a very long time to wait 2 years, but we’ve decided it’s better to wait for the perfect spot then rush with it. Especially considering it’s a house and we want to stay there for quite some time.

Afterwards we decided to drive up to Broomfield and check how long it would be to Flat Irons. Turned it was around 20 minutes. We decided to stop for lunch before we went back home. After lunch we took another road back down to the Arvada/Golden area. On our way back we noticed this great view, so I just had to take a picture.

Longs Peak

Suddenly we decided to pass by the grocery store which sells Swedish stuff (located in southern Arvada), so we did some shopping as well. Unfortunately they didn’t have much in stock, but were going to get more in a week from now so I guess we have to go there again pretty soon. Now, we thought, it was time to go home…

On i-70 though we decided it would be quite boring just taking the same road home as we go to/from work, which gave us another very long ride home. 🙂 To start with we couldn’t decide exactly what way to take home, but after a while we decided to go to Idaho Springs and up to Echo Lake and then go through Evergreen and Morrison on our way home. I guess it was around 2,5-3 hours longer drive than just taking the highway home as we do from work, but it was a much nicer trip. Up at Echo Lake we didn’t stop though because it was just 45 degrees and quite a lot of snow, and we were dressed for 70 degrees! This is a picture of Echo Lake which I took from the car:

Echo Lake

Today we are planning to go to Parker and look at houses. We are not planning to move there as that would be even further away from work than where we live now, but they have the same type of houses they will build in Golden so we have decided to go and take a look. If we don’t like the houses I guess we have to find another place to live at! 🙂